Elbe River, Hamburg

Day 2. A culinary tour of Hamburg

After a good night's sleep in my lovely room at the Scandic Hamburg Emporio I enjoyed breakfast along the corridor in the hotel's 'Living Room' which is for the exclusive use of guests staying on the upper two floors of the hotel. Here I enjoyed a selection of cold cuts of meat, mackerel and smoked salmon …

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Alster Plaza, Hamburg

Day 1. A culinary tour of Hamburg

With three days to explore a world of culinary delights and top sightseeing spots in Hamburg I couldn't wait to get off the plane!  I'd travelled with KLM from Leeds/Bradford connecting via Amsterdam and with direct flights available from both London and Manchester, the city is easy to reach for a short break from all …

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St Martin Caves, Luxembourg

Day 5. Luxembourg’s Moselle Valley

Our final day in beautiful Luxembourg had come around all too quickly but with a late afternoon flight back to the UK we still had ample time to explore.  Our plan for the day was to drive to Luxembourg's wine growing region in the Moselle Valley just 40 minutes from the city centre. We made …

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Saaga Hotel, Lapland

Lapland Hotels Saaga, Ylläs, Lapland, Finland

Hotel Review Location: Lapland Hotels, Saaga is a year round resort hotel situated 175 km north of the arctic circle in Ylläs, Lapland.  The Ylläs area comprises the two villages of Äkaslompolo on the northern side of Ylläs fell and Ylläsjarvi to the south which are connected by a scenic road. Although it sounds remote, …

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Sky Suite Igloo Room, Levi Panorama Hotel

Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi, Lapland, Finland

Hotel Review  Location: Hotel Levi Panorama is a luxurious resort hotel located on the slopes of Levi Fell, 110 miles north of the arctic circle in Lapland, Finland.  Getting to Levi is quite easy as there are daily connecting flights from Helsinki international airport to Kittilä with Finnair (journey time 1 hour 20 minutes).  Levi …

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Eastgate, Chester

Day 2. Exploring Chester

We drew back the curtains to another bright and sunny spring morning and after enjoying a delicious breakfast in the Leonardo Hotel's restaurant we were soon ready for a day of sightseeing. We'd arranged to take a city walking tour with Chester Tours (£10), which run at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. each day from outside the …

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St Andrews Links

Day 3. A day in St. Andrews

From our base at the Altido Vita aparthotel in the Fountainbridge district of Edinburgh it was just a ten minute walk downhill to Haymarket station for our train to St. Andrews (Leuchars station).  We'd pre-booked our tickets (£18.50 standard off peak day return) for the one hour journey and as we were sitting on the right …

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Day 3. Düsseldorf – what to see

Our final day in Düsseldorf began with a leisurely buffet breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express, then after packing up our belongings we took the U Bahn along to Adolf Graf Platz to enjoy a morning stroll around Medien Hafen (Media Harbour) near the Rhine Tower we had visited the previous morning. This former abandoned …

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Day 2. Exploring Düsseldorf

After enjoying a delicious breakfast in our hotel we wrapped up warm as a strong wind was blowing and took the U Bahn to Graf Adolf Platz so that we could take a ride up The Rheinturm, one of the city's landmarks (admission €9 (£7.47) or €5 (£4.15) with the Dusseldorf Card. Designed by Horst H …

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Day 1. Düsseldorf City Break

I really enjoy visiting Germany and noting that Eurowings had flights departing from Manchester mid-evening on a Friday we decided to head there for a weekend break. It was just a short 65 minute hop over to Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine Westphalia and our first experience of Eurowings, the low cost arm …

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